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Feb 26, 2014 10:00am PST
martin dempsey remain in an exclusive interview with nbc news pentagon correspondent jim miklaszewski. take a listen. >> we have reached a point where we have to plan for other options, to include a complete withdrawal by the end of 2014, but it is not an indication that we are not continued to be committed to a mission beyond' 14, because we very much believe the afghans need our help. >> all right. jim joins me this hour from kabul, afghanistan. thank you for taking time to be on the show. >> reporter: you bet, ronan. >> jim, what is the general saying here? >> reporter: well, it almost sounds like on one hand they underhanded and it really is. only one day after president obama ordered the military to come up with plans to withdraw all american forces out of afghanistan by the end of 2014, today general dempsey made a strong case that they should stay. for the first time, he revealed what a post-2014 mission for u.s. forces would look like. he insisted it would not put american men and women directly into harm's way. instead of going out on training missions into combat with afghan
MSNBC
Feb 25, 2014 5:00pm PST
, there was a race for an open seat in kentucky left vacant by jim bunning's retirement. republican primary that year saw a guy you might recognize, rand paul. but he wasn't big rand paul at the time and he was the underdog going up against kentucky secretary of state trey grayson. grayson was mcconnell's main man. he was said to have hand picked grayson and, of course, publicly endorsed him. then when the election came around, rand paul crushed mcconnell's man, grayson, at the polls. in other words, mitch mcconnell, one of the most powerful republicans in washington, no one argues that, but he couldn't carry trey grayson to victory in a primary in his home state at which point mcconnell may have realized something. he had a self-preservation problem. he went out and hired rabid paul's adviser, named jesse benton to run his campaign. he could at least go out and hire the general. you have mitch mcconnell working with rand paul's guy and suddenly something makes sense here. rand paul, not even up for re-election right now has been going around, you may have seen this, saying stuff li
MSNBC
Mar 5, 2014 6:00am PST
report. >>> let's turn now to russia where nbc's jim maceda joins us from moscow. what's the latest from there, jim, particularly in the wake of the news conference that putin held yesterday? >> reporter: hi, kristen. well, from the -- certainly from this perch here, it does feel like a flurry of diplomacy in the past 24 hours. the chances of avoiding war in the ukraine seems to be getting a boost, particularly from putin's comments yesterday, tuesday, that he saw no need to use force in ukraine and had no desire to annex the crimean peninsula. those two comments really allowed the military confrontation that we've been reporting on to take a step b k back. and even though, as ian reports, crimea remains tense on the ground today with a new report that russians had seized two ukrainian anti-missile posts, the perception still is that ukraine is spinning now not towards war, but towards some kind of diplomatic solution. secretary of state john kerry's meeting with sergey lavrov, for instance, starting in paris in less than an hour, is their first face-to-face since the current crisis esca
MSNBC
Feb 27, 2014 8:00am PST
these comments from secretary hagel, jim. what seems to be the tone where you are. >> tamron, first of all, turning quickly to kiev, what a first day on the job to arseni -- he's the former economy and foreign minister, very well known to both the u.s. and russia. he was officially voted today as the interim prime minister, and his was a full plate. those russian-speaking commandos that you mentioned carry ak-47s and sniper rifles who stormed the crimean building, they're holed up inside. police have cordened off the area. crimea very important, because it is the home to the russian black sea fleet. to worsen matters there, now pro-russian lawmakers in crimea are calling for a referendum for separating from the ukraine. meanwhile, in an offense show of force, though, the kremlin here in moscow denies any connection to the events unfolding in you another crane form the surprise war games are in the second day. you mentioned 150,000 troops, add to that some 900 tanks and some 200 aircraft and warships, and it's all focused on the russian border with ukraine, keeping palpable pressure on
MSNBC
Mar 2, 2014 1:00pm PST
could make russia a pariah, would vladimir putin bat an eyelash? joining me from moscow, nbc's jim maceda. jim, how is putin reacting to this criticism? >> reporter: hi there. well, karen, first of all, putin wouldn't call what he's doing an act of war or aggression, with all due respect to secretary of state kerry. as putin told german chancellor angela merkel in a phone call this evening, he believes mos w moscow's actions are appropriate, and they're more about self-defense. from his point of view, the new pro-western government in kiev poses a threat to his interest in ukraine. that's primarily crimea, where today there were even more troops roaming around going from ukraine army or military post to post, as you mentioned in your lead, trying to disarm the ukrainians. when they wouldn't agree to that, surrounding them and neutralizing their bases. but crimea gives putin the essentials he wants and needs. a base for his black sea fleet. he just doesn't seem affected by all the criticism coming from abroad. putin doesn't seem to believe that the u.s. or its allies have the kind o
MSNBC
Mar 5, 2014 8:00am PST
control of ukraine's crimea peninsula, amid lingering fears they will not stop there. jim maceda joins us live from moscow with more on the diplomatic efforts under way. jim, what's the latest? >> reporter: hi, there, tamron, well, that meeting you referred to was indeed brief, kerry did urge lavrov to have direct talks. that seems to be an important theme now, unifying this swirl of activity. it was their first face-to-face since the ukraine crisis escalated. that is just one example of this, again, this flurry happening over the past 24 hours, tamron, the chances of avoiding war in ukraine seem to have gotten a boost from vladimir putin's comments. yesterday if you recall, he said he saw no need for the use of force in ukraine, had no desire to annex the crimean peninsula, and really that's a sigh of relief has been resinating in the international financial markets, including here in russia in moscow after historic drops on monday. that's just one example. the perception today, tamron, is that ukraine is spinning now not towards war, but some kind of diplomatic solution. in addition to
MSNBC
Mar 6, 2014 6:00am PST
new measures designed to pressure russian and crimean officials. jim maceda is live in moscow with more. we're learning the white house is announcing new visa restrictions and new sanctions. how is moscow reacting this morning, jim? >> reporter: we haven't had a reaction yet, kristen, from moscow on that specifically. but just to back up a bit. this diplomatic fleurry of the last 48 hours has been about creating a united front with the united states and europe trying to make vladimir putin and other russian and pro-russian officials pay a price for what the west sees as a violation of ukraine's sovereignty. and while the e.u. talks today that ian referred to seem to already be hitting headwinds from countries like germany who believe sanctions will backfire, today, as you say, the u.s. upped the ante somewhat against putin, first with the state department announcement -- visa bans on a number of ukraine officials -- and the executive order that president obama signed authorizing sanctions, and we assume that's freezing assets on certain individuals, punishing them if they threaten
MSNBC
Mar 5, 2014 2:00am PST
. what's next appears to be a balance on the tightrope of diplomacy. jim maceda joins us. >> reporter: what a difference a day makes really. putin's comments on tuesday that he had no desire to annex the crimea peninsula, to take a step back from the brink. even though crimea remains tense on the ground today there's a new report of russians seizing two ukrainian anti-missile posts. still it feels like ukraine is spinning not towards war today but some kind of diplomatic solution. for instance, after secretary of state john kerry's visit to kiev yesterday, where he did show support for that new pro-western government with very strong words against vladimir putin and a promise of a billion dollars in loans, today kerry meets for the very first time since the current crisis escalated with his russian counterpart to talk exit strategy. more significantly, the ukrainian and russian governments are talking on a cabinet level today for the first time. and then there's a russian defense official discussing ukraine with nato members in brussels as well. of course, there's only one man who can make
MSNBC
Feb 26, 2014 2:00am PST
. troops are heading home at the end of this year. as jim miklaszewski reports, they are preparing for a possible pullout. >> reporter: martin dempsey was about to land in afghanistan when he got the word. start preparing to pul all u.s. troops out of afghanistan at the end of the year. >> we have o to plan for other options. >> reporter: in a phone call president obama urged the afghan president to sign a bilateral security agreement that would protect any american troops who remain in afghanistan once the war is officially over the at the start of next year. karzai once more refused. the white house press secretary said the president immediately ordered plans for a total u.s. withdrawal. >> this is about essentially planning for a post 2014 mission and there are a lot of complexities involved in asking the defense department to plan for a zero option that is a full withdral. >> reporter: karzai may leave him no choice. >> i can't ask men and women to serve in a country without the protections afforded by bilateral security agreement. >> reporter: karzai used the security agreement to t
MSNBC
Mar 5, 2014 2:30am PST
posts. nbc news foreign correspondent, jim maceda is live for us now in moscow. let's look ahead to secretary kerry's meeting in paris. any hope of progress or is this just more posturing from both sides? >> reporter: hi, thomas. well, i think you can feel a sea of change in the past 24 hours. you cited some of putin's comments yesterday. some of them troubling, no doubt. he also said he saw no need for use of force in ukraine and had no desire to annex the crimea peninsula, really allowing that cold war style military confrontation that we've been reporting on to take a step back from the brink. we've seen that in the reaction of the world stock markets already. and even though rhymea remaicri very tense on the ground, those pictures prove that, even a report of russians seizing two more crimean anti-missile posts, the perception is that ukraine is spinning not toward war but some kind of diplomatic solution. secretary of state meeting with count counterpart sergey lavrov. this is the first time since the current crisis escalated that they've had a face-to-face to talk exit strateg
MSNBC
Feb 27, 2014 2:00pm PST
lobbying efforts nebraska has ever seen, landowner concerns were met with silence. nebraska farmer jim tarnik tells us what happened when he traveled to washington to meet with his representatives. >>> next i'm taking your questions. ♪ ♪ [ girl ] my mom, she makes underwater fans that are powered by the moon. ♪ [ birds squawking ] my mom makes airplane engines that can talk. [ birds squawking ] ♪ my mom makes hospitals you can hold in your hand. ♪ my mom can print amazing things right from her computer. [ whirring ] [ train whistle blows ] my mom makes trains that are friends with trees. [ train whistle blows ] ♪ my mom works at ge. ♪ >>> thanks for staying with us. tonight, love this segment, really appreciate the questions every night on "the ed show" and our "ask ed live" segment. why has congress turned their backs on long-term unemployment? well, i know there's one party that hasn't. the democrats would like to do something about it. the liberals would like to do something about it for sure. but the reality of it is long-term unemployment in this country had very lit
MSNBC
Feb 26, 2014 11:00am PST
the same ones that were used in the 1950s and '60s. it's jim crow back from the dead. i wrote a piece for this in u.s. news and world report. that's my biggest problem. they're cloaking racism and bigotry per se in the name of god. i'm a christian. i believe in god. if i'm in the public domain, if someone comes to me and says, hey, here's the deal, i'm straight and i don't like gay people, my response is great. how much are you willing to pay because i have something to offer you? if you're going to be in the business of interstate commerce, the constitution and the supreme court are clear, you cannot have separate but equal grounding. they struck that down. after the brown decision and after congress passed the civil rights acts, you can't just say i don't like you, therefore, i'm going to in the public arena not serve you or accommodate you or feed you if you have money for that proxy. it's against the law. >> i want to go back to pete on that question because the reaction to the discrimination that was taking place across the jim crow south was federal. there was a federal ci
MSNBC
Mar 2, 2014 9:00am PST
jim maceda. jim, with a good evening to you. a lot of diplomatic salvos being tossed back and forth here. but what's happening on the ground in crimea? >> reporter: hi, alex. you're right. it's hard to keep up with them all. tonight, crimea looking pretty much neutralized. russian forces have now been moving freely around the peninsula for a couple of days because they are mostly off the streets. they and the armed vigilante groups, if you will, are in control. airport, the telecommunication towers. today as you alerted, units of russian troopser driving to various ukrainian military posts trying to persuade the ukrainian soldiers to hand over their weapons. and then surrounding the posts of those who refuse to disarm. just taking them out of operation. so despite all of the appeals that we're hearing from the united states, from kiev. from the west in general, those diplomatic salvos, as you call them, to put his forces, putin's forces back, to pull them back, crimea today effectively is in vladimir putin's hands, alex. >> okay. so, jim, the new ukrainian prime minister is calling
MSNBC
Mar 6, 2014 2:00am PST
produced little progress. jim, is sounds like today is more of the same. are we seeing any movement with these talks? >> reporter: well, betty, it is more of the same. secretary of state john kerry is being positive about the flurry of diplomacy, saying that talks with his russian counterpart yesterday were, quote, tough, but constructive. one of the key goals was to russian and ukraine an foreign minister face to face, but that never happened. the russians say the new interim government wput into place by a unconstitutional coup. the talks will continue later today as they try to find a compromise out of the present crisis. meanwhile, russian president vladimir putin had another phone conversation with german chancellor angela merkel and exchanged views on an end game. eu members are meeting to perhaps decide on sanctions to russia in brussel. but there are growing signs of dissension within the eu, with many like germany who believe they will backfire. in fact in moscow, the russian parol suspect finalizing a bill that would seize properties owned by u.s. and european companies doing b
MSNBC
Mar 1, 2014 2:00am PST
chapel hill. >> you got to get every vote you can. now, they have jim messina and other people out there who know how to do this. we saw is the last time around with republicans in 2012 were completely hapless. >> let's look at the good news for the democrats. let's look at the issues that the president thinks. these are interesting. the latest are facing a challenge in landscape of course in november. but when it comes to almost every major issue, the majority of americans actually do, this is so ironic, given sort of the bad morale out there for the dems. nearly two-thirds want the minimum wage raised to $10.10. two-thirds of the country. on the affordable care act, the majority of americans do say they don't want to get rid of it. they don't want to repeal it. they would rather fix it. this is not republican orthodoxy here. a large majority say the government has a role in reducing income inequality. that's not a republican bugle call. more republicans blame -- more americans blame republicans. the majority of republicans support same-sex marriage. yes. that's changed. more repu
MSNBC
Mar 2, 2014 4:30am PST
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MSNBC
Mar 4, 2014 6:00am PST
operation. we'll have more on what organizing for action chief jim messina has now told his team. >>> good morning from washington. it's tuesday, march 4th, 2014. this is "the daily rundown." >>> first reads of the morning, russian president vladimir putin went before the media this morning to defend his country's actions in the wake of the ukrainian revolution, arguing that it amounted to a coup that demanded a russian response. he he told reporters he would use force in ukraine only as a last resort, he claimed. but he said he reserves the right to do so. putin also said further military action would be justified because the ousted president, victor yanukovych has requested it. he said anything russia does would be to protect the citizens of ukraine. and he even told reporters that the soldiers currently in crimea, they're not russian soldiers at all. he called them local forces. now, responding to the united states, the russian leader shrugged off threats of diplomatic or economic punishments. meanwhile, president obama said monday that russia has a choice. >> over time, this
MSNBC
Mar 6, 2014 3:00am PST
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MSNBC
Mar 3, 2014 2:00am PST
violating international law but can they do anything about it? nbc's jim aceda live in moscow. >> reporter: veronica, secretary kerry will go to kiev no doubt to try to calm the waters so that kiev does nothing that might unintentionally intense situation. it's true that the west has mobilized against russian president's vladimir putin's military takeover of crimea. that's firmly in his hands. it's unclear what the west can do about it. not attending the g 8 summit in june in sochi, for instance, is only symbolic, it's not really more than a meeting. economic sanctions sound good on paper perhaps and look good but in fact the u.s. has little economic leverage over russia. the e.u. sanctions might have teeth but europe is truly reluctant to go there. they're worried about putin's reaction like shutting offer europe's supply of natural gas. neither the u.s. nor nato are contemplating any military action against the russian nuclear power. so while the west has few effective option, putin, meanwhile, says that he has the right to launch his troops and tanks even further into ukraine if russian
MSNBC
Mar 4, 2014 2:00am PST
push further? and if he does, will the u.s. push back? let's get right to it. jim maceda is live in moscow. what do you know? >> reporter: there is positive news. the kremlin saying it's ordered all armed forces involved in those war games along the russian/ukraine border to return to their bases, meaning that huge show of force, 150,000 troops of 900 tanks is over now. if true, we haven't seen confirmation yet, but, if true, that should take the temperature down somewhat. that said, russia has built up the forces to division size. russia is now completely in operational control of the peninsula and poised to strike elsewhere in ukraine if vladimir putin decides it's in his interests. in response to all of this, the u.s. and its allies are struggling to come up with a package of diplomatic and economic sanctions like freezing russian assets. vladimir putin seems largely unworried to say the least about the prospect of sanctions. with secretary of state john kerry in kiev today to discuss certainly ways to end the crisis, there's emerging now moscow's end game. it's becoming much cle
MSNBC
Mar 3, 2014 8:00am PST
could cause more widespread outages by the end of the day. jim cantore has the latest for us from washington, d.c. >> reporter: how about this, winter's just cranking it out here. we've seen our temperature go from 37 degrees down to 17 degrees, so we've dropped 20 degrees since midnight. 20 degrees. of course, if you think about what happened to the roads yesterday around 50, now we refreeze them and you have a solid cake sitting on these road surfaces. cars are moving, because it's pretty flat, but once you start getting on a hill or two, in and around washington and baltimore, it gets ugly. i'll tell you, if we can get this stuff up by about 2:00 this afternoon once this precipitation begins to taper off, we're going to make headway on the roads. tonight again, single digit temperatures. the normal high for the day is 51 degrees in washington. the normal low is 34. we will start tomorrow at 9 and maybe, maybe get to 31 for a high. we won't even touch our normal low temperature tomorrow, so very, very cold there with whatever's melted underneath is going to cause problems. so fa
MSNBC
Mar 1, 2014 9:00am PST
the region. let's go to nbc's jim maceda with the very latest on this. jim, let's get the latest. are we seeing something that could be another cold war brewing here between the u.s. and russia, ultimately? >> reporter: alex, well, the first sign things were going seriously south today was this morning when russian foreign minister sergei lavrov said that ukrainian power militaries actually attacked the ministry in crimea, wounding several people, presumably ethnic russians. despite there being no confirmation, no evidence of that, that alleged threat to russian compatriots in ukraine triggered a quick escalation, which russia has used many times before to justify an invasion. first the leader of ethnic russians in crimea called on president putin to send forces in to protect them from hostile extremists. then very quickly putin replied, requesting the use of force. and as you said in your lead, getting that request from force from the parliament. all that happening within just hours. now, that doesn't mean, alex, that putin will send in more troops and tanks to crimea. there are
MSNBC
Mar 1, 2014 11:00am PST
an act of aggression against ukraine. what's happening now and what does it all mean? nbc's jim maceda is in moscow. bill neely is in crimea. jim, we start with you in the russian capital there. what does that approval of putin's request to use russian troops mean? >> reporter: hi, craig. you're right. it is pretty symbolic. the legislative body that putin requested that use of force from is a rubber stamp, upper house of parliament. and it doesn't mean that putin will now send in more troops into crimea. there are thousands there already all part of russia's black sea fleet. large numbers have been seen there over the past 48 hours, securing airports, government buildings, telecom towers. what the approval does mean is it's official now. russians have been mobilized in crimea. they can now all put their patches back on. and the approval of course gives putin more options. it allows him to strike not only crimea but anywhere in ukraine. and of course that spikes the tension even higher. >> jim, any word at this point on a timetable? >> reporter: not that we're aware of, no. but
MSNBC
Mar 6, 2014 12:00am PST
majority report with sam cedar, and jim deckers. dan, you work in the hydrocarbon markets, you've been a trader on those desks. this critique, the argument coming from the right which,you have to drill more, that will reduce, that will disempower putin, what do you make of it? >> the russians have a major control, major influence on most of eastern europe through natural gas. we have to distinguish between natural gas which is a gas and crude oil which is a liquid. if you want to move a liquid from one place to another, you put it in a dixie cup, and move it anyway you like. natural gas has one way of being transported, through a pipeline. >> hi, we're poland, we'll take our natural gas -- >> the only other way you can get it across is through what we call lng which is liquid natural gas. it needs to be cooled, to be transported as lng needs to be cooled to minus 260 degrees fahrenheit, then put it carefully into select containers that you can transport overseas. this costs a lot of money. >> right. >> this is why permitting, you can permit all of the natural gas exports you want. there
MSNBC
Mar 2, 2014 12:00pm PST
williams for us there in ukraine, thank you. want to bring in nbc's jim mecada now. we heard from secretary of state kerry and samantha power and then the white house announcement on friday afternoon that warning that there would be costs. how's russia reacting to the criticism coming from this country? >> reporter: well, if russia is putin, they're reacting like the teflon man. first of all, the reason for that is that putin wouldn't call what he's doing an act of war or aggression with all due respect to secretary of state kerry, but more of an act of self defense from his point of view, from putin's point of view, the new western or pro-western government in kiev is posing an existential threat to crimea and it's an essential war mortar port and base for the black sea fleet and he doesn't seem a bit affect bd i the criticism from abroad. putin doesn't seem to -- he doesn't seem to believe that the u.s. or its allies have the leverage to hurt him, especially when he sees the kind of reaction coming from russians out in the streets here in moscow and st. petersburg today where tens of demo
MSNBC
Feb 26, 2014 6:00am PST
u.s. personnel that would stay in the country post-2014. nbc's jim miklaszewski has just travelled to afghanistan, and he has more from the head of the joint chiefs, general martin dempsey. >> it is a statement that we have reached a point where we have to plan for other options, to include a complete withdrawal by the end of 2014. but it's not an indication that we're not continued to be committed to a mission beyond '14, because we very much believe that the afghans need our help. >> this wasn't supposed to happen. despite plans to end the combat mission this year, the u.s., the obama administration, had always intended to keep a few thousand troops there, as many as 10,000, for instance, in the country, to do two things -- help train soldiers and to do counterterrorism, go after any terrorist cells. to do it, the u.s. insisted that karzai sign a bilateral security agreement, bsa, to protect u.s. soldiers. they've been waiting on him. and waiting and waiting. for months. playing a game of diplomatic chicken, hoping the threat of a u.s. withdrawal would force him to negotiating ta
MSNBC
Feb 26, 2014 1:00am PST
staff in an interview with nbc's jim miklashevski today while en route to afghanistan. that was them on the plane. general dempsey saying there he does not personally want u.s. troops to totally withdraw from afghanistan, but if there isn't a signed agreement between our government and the afghan government about u.s. troops staying on, then all u.s. forces will leave. this year. the chairman saying today that after 13 years of that war, u.s. troops accomplished their mission in afghanistan and it would not be a defeat to leave. something really specific seems to have led to today's big news about the war and the end of the war. this is defense secretary chuck hagel. this is him last october in brussels at nato headquarters. he was there meeting with all the other people who have his same job and all the other nato countries. it was the meeting of the nato defense ministers. at that meeting late last year, defense secretary chuck hagel told all the other defense secretaries in nato that by the next time they all got together, the u.s. and afghanistan would likely have signed a d
MSNBC
Feb 28, 2014 2:00pm PST
, obviously. we want to go to jim maceda on the line with us, on the phone from moscow. jim, we are told that the 3red plead and also vladimir putin have had words and spoken to one another on the phone. what can you tell us about that? >> i don't have insight into that phone call but from my perch in moscow, we cannot underestimate the deep sense of rebee trail that president putin feels at this point, given the way the events eventually unfolded. they thought the february 21st agreement would lead to a series of benchmark, a timeline that would have taken yanukovych, kept him in power until the end of the year and then suddenly, everything was flipped on its ear. putin found himself outside of the loop as all of these forces, a whole new group of people that putin mistrusts profoundly were suddenly calling the shots, not from inside kiev's parliament, but from the streets of kiev. -- >> let's go now to president obama at the white house. thank you, jim. >> the united states has been responding to events as they unfold in ukraine. now, throughout this crisis, we have been very clea
MSNBC
Feb 27, 2014 12:00am PST
. >> basically it allows people to discriminate. >> i don't know why you would want to bring jim crow-log bag to the forefront for homosexuals. >> mitt romney has come out against the bill. which means the 2008 presidential nominee came out against it. it's admirable. but here is what's strange about this whole episode, particularly on this night when jan brewer has vetoed it, we're seeing the republican establishment running away from a bill that would allow private citizens to discriminate against gay people and then defend that by evoking their religious faith. private photographers or bakers should be allowed to withhold their services from gay couples getting married. what conceivable logic is that legislation outrageous and acceptable and yet is totally fine for the state itself to discriminate against gay people by not recognizing their marriages in the first place. think about this. both senators are on the record opposing marriage equality. >> i believe marriage should be between a man and a woman. i still hold to the traditional definition of marriage. >> i have changed
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Mar 3, 2014 10:00am PST
will set in. we have reports from across the country starting with weather channel's jim cantore down in washington, d.c. take a listen. >> as we expected the snow continues to taper off and visibility is coming up. you can see the rotunda and capitol from our van teenage point. the problem is that temperatures are still falling. we'll be in the single digits by the time tomorrow morning rolls around. >> reporter: traffic is beginning to get back to normal even though the temperature is 16 degrees. this city missed catastrophic ice storm because it stayed just above freezing as 3 inches of rain fell late on sunday. to the north of memphis, not so lucky, they got freezing rain and limbs and trees down, 34,000 people without power. temperatures now 16. tomorrow it may begin to melt off. >> reporter: i'm ron allen in atlantic city, new jersey, this is why there's a state of emergency. you can see the roads ahead of us are covered with snow and it's very slow going, 25 miles per hour, the temperatures also just 19. it's bitter cold outside. good day to take the day off if you can. back to
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Feb 27, 2014 11:00pm PST
and strategic guy, jim messina, seemed to commit to hillary clinton. what joe biden is doing is trying to freeze in place the rest of his people. >> the same instinct, don't talk me out of this. watch what he does with the great barbara walters. here he is on "the view." look what he says when asked about his 2016 intentions by barbara walters who very carefully got him to commit here. watch. >> you have said if she runs for president, you will not run. >> no i have not. >> oh, then tell me what you said. >> the only reason to run for president of the united states, if you truly believe you're in a better position to do what you believe is most needed in the country. i think my knowledge of foreign policy, my engagement with world leaders, my experience is uniquely positions me to be -- to follow through on the agenda barack and i have of bringing up world peace in a way that is real and substantive. i also think the middle class st. the single -- the single focus, what we should be looking at and how to grow it. so whether she runs or not will not affect my decision. >> so barb
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Mar 2, 2014 5:00am PST
be wrong about this, but i believe jim mcgrechy appointed mr. samson to an important role at some point. >> david samson has friends on both sides of the aisle. that's certainly a part of the story. >> jim mcgreevey is a bipartisan sort of a guy. that said -- >> not the paragon of ethics in new jersey. >> i don't remember him being investigated by a legislative committee, though. come back to this idea of an ethical problem, this presents what we in the legislature like to call a marcy hochman moment, our legislative council. you do not do anything that even remotely ben you. if we're a part-time legislator, and we are, we cannot vote on a bill that will directly benefit one of our clients. i'm not going to comment on the particulars of those cases because i don't see all the facts, but until such time -- it just strikes me that, again, when you're in that position, your law firm is that closely related to it, there are certainly questions that need to be addressed. i'm sure that he will address them. >> given what had his law firm does and what the port authority does, there's th
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Feb 27, 2014 9:00am PST
correspondent back then and standing outside the hospital for days and the fight that jim has made for his life. and we see all of the victims, newtown and no matter how many victims there are of gun violence, there's such political resistance to closing loopholes. >> the encouraging thing that the american public is behind us. it's about closing that extraordinary disconnect that exists between what the american public wants and what the elected leaders are doing about it. we take tremendous inspiration from what sara and our predecessors at the brady campaign accomplished. this brady law has been tremendously effective. we've prevented 2.1 million prohibited purchasers from purchasing guns. that's 48 domestic abusers every day that have been prohibited. it's a question of building on that success and looking at what it takes to accomplish that success. it doesn't happen overnight and we can take inspiration from the fight that sara led around the original brady law there. >> i was covering congress at the time, i remember. >> we have to stay the course and it's about making the voice hea
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Feb 27, 2014 3:00am PST
president's staff. the article reports he no longer on speaking terms with jim messina, the manager of president obama's re-election campaign. the man we have talked about on on the show that is a democratic karl rove and made it clear he is supporting hillary clinton. glenn makes a great point in here. one of the reasons that vice president biden has been so great on the show, glenn points out he is refreshing humanity at a time when so many of politics is driven by calculation and money. >> mike allen, one of the things, you've heard it from democrats, they have been enraged on the hill because we always talk about republican obstructionism. harry reid doesn't want to get deals done either in a lot of respects. he doesn't let republican ideas come up. a lot of times when deals weren't getting done, joe biden would go and he would talk to both sides and he would be very effective in doing what democrats in the harry reid senate wouldn't do and that is strike a deal that put them in a bad position where he actually, joe biden, got things done because he is old school. he believes you g
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Feb 27, 2014 6:00am PST
arizona congressman jim colby. he came out in 1996 to become the second openly gay republican to serve in congress. of course, he represented part of the state of arizona. congressman, good morning to you, sir. >> good morning, chuck. >> i just want to get your initial reaction to governor brewer's decision. >> well, it was the right decision. i'm certainly pleased that she did it. i felt all along that when she weighed all the issues that she would do exactly what she did. she's right. it's not necessary. it doesn't -- it harms the reputation of the state of arizona, and it would be economically very damaging to the state. it's not the right thing to do. >> explain to some viewers here about the arizona -- the state of the arizona republican party these days. i'm reminded, folks, a few months ago, i believe the state party actually voted to censure john mccain. there seems to be a real divide sort of where national republicans and even republicans that represent arizona here in washington view things on social issues and what happens inside the state. explain that divide. >> wel
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Feb 28, 2014 7:00am PST
the conservative campaign to launch jim crow-style bills against gay americans and i'm going to put up a calendar on screen from your article, basically you point out we saw bills pop up like this in january 16th in kansas, at the end of the month in idaho, january 30th, south dakota, february 5th, tennessee. what was going on here that so many of these bills that basically we're trying to carve out a bigger legal ability to discriminate against people because they are gay, why is this all happening together? >> it's interesting, these bills sort of all came at once, when i looked into it, i found a network of conservative groups working on these bills, pushing them, helping write the language, but what's interesting, a couple of weeks ago i was writing about the jim crow bills taking the office by storm, but we've seen these bills die in arizona, ohio, mississippi, just in georgia last night, i got an e-mail from a representative who said he was completely getting rid of the discriminatory language. i think the tide's really changing. >> walk us through that. all these things are part
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Feb 28, 2014 6:00am PST
the democratic super pac priorities usa would stay neutral, jim messina made it clear they were getting on the hillary clinton bandwagon. -- the lack of discipline or the fact that being vice president is, in a sense, a recipe for being rodney dangerfield. it's that the democratic party is unlikely perhaps to nominate or to rally around a white male presidential candidate, perhaps for quite sometime. so let's talk a little bit more about this clinton-biden issue. joining me is msnbc contributor and former white house press secretary for president obama, robert gibbs, and tracey sefle who serves as an advisor to ready for hillary. i'm not saying you're being put on the side of biden here, but what was your -- what do you make of where biden's standing is? i thought that anonymous quote said it all, right? here's a guy who's gotten as close to the brass ring as he's ever gotten before, and then suddenly, the representing apparently has disappeared. >> right. and i thought it was a remarkably well-written piece by glenn. glenn is not used to me saying something like that. so, glenn
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Mar 3, 2014 6:00am PST
insisted his government is acting in its own defense. here's nbc's jim maceda who has more from moscow. >> reporter: putin now has his hand on the russian crown jewel. crimea gives putin an essential warm water port, and it counters in his mind the nightmare scenario. that's what he sees as an ultranationalist government suddenly cancelling russia's lease on the black see base and kiev taking control of crimea and then joining nato down the line, bringing the enemy, in his mind, right back to russia's doorstep. so vladimir putin has made that calculus, and it's now unclear just what the west can do about it. chuck, back to you. >> thank you, jim. right now, according to folks i've talked to, the u.s. has three options, none of them involve the u.s. military. the first, the u.s. could move along with european allies to officially suspend or kick russia out of the g8. that would be symbolic. second, the administration could pursue its own sanctions that target russian banks as well as international sanctions, targeting russian oil companies. third, the u.s. may convince the europe
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Feb 27, 2014 1:00pm PST
indignity. that had to have hurt. >> the other thing the obama folks did, jim messina, then campaign manager and plouf, denied him the right to cree yit a first-class political team. apart from the money and publicity, one of the things that will be a challenge for biden if he decides to run -- and my sense is that personally he does -- is the fact that hillary is vacuuming up all the talent. he tried to hire a close aide to michael bloomberg. that was rejected out of hand by the west wing. then he tried to bring in steve richetti, a guy known for his savvy. that was vetoed. finally biden had to go directly to obama and said, look, man, if you want me to do this job in twel, you have to let me have your own people. and even then the president said, look, you can have them as long as he and you stay in your lanes. >> to me that is sad that he has been denied even a fighting chance here. i also am sad, i don't think sad needs necessarily to be the organizing principle here, but, you know, i think political reporters are inherently nostalgic for times gone by. >> right. >> but biden is
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Mar 2, 2014 7:00am PST
not even remain in the g-8. >> we go directly to nbc's jim maceda in moscow. jim, what are we to make of president putin's actions here? >> reporter: hi, eric. so far, it's playing out very much along the old soviet playbook, isn't it? you have russia asked to intervene in crimea by russian compatriots under threat. putin had got the use of force and 24 hours later, russian forces have pretty much neutralized crimea without firing a shot. so he's already attained his key short-term goal, anyhow, and i think that's reminding kiev and reminding the west that vladimir putin can't be cut out of ukraine's future. and that he truly is prepared to use his facility anywhere in ukraine, if used to defend his interests. and that doesn't seem to worry him at all, this idea of consequences, for him not going or going to the g-8 or whoever comes to the g-8 doesn't seem to be a big issue. his larger goal, analysts tell us, is to bring ukraine into a kind of soviet economic union, something that would rival the eu. okay, that doesn't look very likely now that kiev is going pro-west, but they sa
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Mar 1, 2014 5:00am PST
. they don't like my marriage, don't want to hang out with me and jim, wonderful. i almost wouldn't want to be in their presence. don't go to the wedding, don't say congratulation. but when you run a business you're doing that in part because a web of state laws makes it possible. what about people in a bar? i assume arizona is like other states and that you just can't open up a bar. you got to get a liquor license from the state. what if there are only a limited number of establishments that serve you? what if you were in a fairly small community where there aren't a lot of florists. this is a real depravation. if you decide to open a business, given the inevitable entanglement with the state laws, maybe there's zoning, maybe you have a certain facility and somebody couldn't open up one nearby because of the zoning restrictions, it's a very real intrusion on your ability to live. and as i said, they have this dilemma, if u they don't narrow it, it's too broad. >> representative orr i want to get you in here and ask where do you think arizona should go from here? sl a there is no st
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Mar 3, 2014 2:30am PST
moscow. nbc news foreign correspondent, jim maceda. explain the calculus and the latest moves over the weekend and what it will take to move them back across the lines with the border of the crimea region and russia. >> reporter: hi, thomas. as putin told german chancellor angela merkel yesterday, it's more about self-defense. this new pro western ukrainian government in kiev poses an existential threat to his and russia's interest in ukraine and that means primarily, crimea. why? crimea gives them an essential warm water port, it gives them a base for the black sea fleet. so putin's nightmare sees this canceling russia's lease on the black sea fleet base and taking over cry meimea and bringing th enemy up to russia's border. for him, it's a double whammy. in terms of clearing russian forces or pushing them back, neither the u.s. nor nato are contemplating a military action and talking about ukraine's military quite quickly, it's the second largest european military apparently. it's too weak. it's certainly too low tech to take russia on. even russia's second echelon sailors that we've
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